Where would you say Western Australia’s unit living/apartment market is currently at?
The property market in general is cyclical. It follows a bell-curve pattern that sees prices peak at the top of the market and level out at the bottom. Investors and market commentators monitor this process carefully to maximise investment potential before an upwards shift occurs. The apartment market is not immune to this cycle and we are currently experiencing a lot of movement from investors. This signals that we might have hit the bottom of the cycle, but also that an expected upturn is likely to take place due to our strengthening economy and record low interest rates.
All this aside, most know that the enduring nature of property means that if you tick the boxes of location, limited supply, quality build and unique design, apartments are likely to hold their value for the long term – regardless of market factors.
Do you think more people are moving into and living in apartments than say, 10 years ago? What traits about apartment living do you think have contributed to this?
When Match started building apartments almost two decades ago, we were conscious of a global shift towards apartment living. There were certainly sceptics that believed Perth would always favour the house and land ‘dream’, but we weren’t so sure. Fast forward eighteen years and our predictions have all come true. There is a definitive lean towards apartment living and awareness of the economic and environmental aspects associated with continuing the urban sprawl. Many are trading that plot of land on the outskirts of the city for lifestyle and location. Apartment living just makes more sense.
What kind of demographic of people are living in apartments in 2019? Is there a mixed variety?
The range of people being attracted to the apartment lifestyle is now as diverse as their reasons for doing so. We see young and upwardly mobile singles and couples wanting to make the most of their proximity to cafes, CBD and nightlife, and we’re also seeing families preferring to raise their children close to the beach rather than in the thick of suburbia. Perhaps the most exciting market group are the downsizers, who are all about creating an idyllic and ‘low maintenance’ lifestyle without moving too far from their families or where they have lived for most of their life.
What future do you see ahead for Western Australia’s apartment market? Do you think it’ll continue to grow, and why is this?
The underlying factors that will continue to support the apartment market include population growth and an increasing market trend towards apartment living. The value-system of the emerging generations will be key for driving demand for new and architecturally appealing apartment designs. As more people gravitate towards apartment living, we will see an increase of amazing spaces. This represents incredibly exciting prospects for individuals as well as the Perth streetscape alike.
We’ve come a long way since the ‘cookie-cutter’ apartment blocks that were primarily built for the investor and rental market. Apartments today are considered architectural spaces that focus on the end user and their varying tastes and preferences.
Just as you would have earlier discerned over the features of a stand-alone house, we are now finding that people are drawn to apartment designs that reflect their personal taste and lifestyle preferences.
The more distinctive, rare and well-located the apartment is, the more value you are intrinsically buying into.
Comments by Lloyd Clark, Managing Director of Match parent company M/Group
Terrace home completion builds momentum for things to comeRead more
As the dust settles on the completion of the first M/31 Terrace Homes by Match, the lifestyle potential within a precinct earmarked to be Perth’s ‘next big thing’ in coastal living begins to reveal itself.
M/31 Terrace Homes by Match is a set of just 16 exclusive three-bedroom beachside terrace homes located in Landcorp’s visionary Shoreline coastal masterplan development at North Coogee.
The newly complete architecturally-designed terrace home is among the first in the area to open its doors and, while the vision and scale of the precinct is still in development infancy, managing director of Match parent company, M/Group, says the occasion resonates a similar period not so long ago in the neighbouring Port Coogee Marina Estate.
“It wasn’t too long ago that Match was celebrating the completion Helm at Port Coogee Marina Estate. It was one of the first completed apartment building at a time when the area looked unfinished. However, it didn’t take long before landscaping, cafes and shops were complete, and the vision took shape. Now Port Coogee Marina is one of Perth’s most sought-after environments.”
Shoreline is located just North of Port Coogee Marina and just South of Fremantle and only 300m from the coastline. It is a secure coastal environment with extensive parkland and landscaping, as well as plans for a beachside plaza with shops, cafés and restaurants.
M/31 Terrace Homes by Match include well appointed open plan layouts that draw design inspiration from surrounding Sheoak trees, sand and limestone; with complete customisation available through M/Group’s personalised building division, M/Construction.
Each terrace home is offered as a house and land package. They integrate indoor and outdoor living with a central courtyard feature that soars across two storeys to maximise light, space and breeze.
“We are thrilled to introduce the first terrace home living environment of its kind at Shoreline and invite people to get a taste of what everyday life could look like,” Mr Clark continued.
“Not only is this amazing location a short walk to the established café strip of South Fremantle, it also represents a very sound financial and lifestyle investment. Who wouldn’t want to live in this beautiful environment.”
Only five lots are currently available at M/31 Terrace Homes by Match and are affordably priced from $585,000. Titles are available and homes are ready to build.
M/31 by Match will host a Grand Opening with its first furnished display terrace home on Saturday 22 June between 1pm – 3pm.
More information can be found at www.m31terracehomes.com.au or contact Match’s experienced Sales Consultants on 0432 660 066.
Trading a 4×2 for the World’s Biggest Swimming PoolRead more
Barry and Jennie had watched their children grow up in their 4×2 Bullcreek home. However, like many others throughout Perth, they decided to trade their big family home for an apartment and chose Form by Match at Port Coogee – an area Barry tells his grandson has the ‘biggest swimming pool called the Indian Ocean’.
Prior to making the move, the couple knew they wanted to stay near Fremantle, although were a little unsure about such a big change.
“We came out and had a look at this site five times. We went to other apartments in the same precinct, but wanted a plan that was quite straight forward with an outlook. We didn’t want to feel claustrophobic,” Barry said.
“What sold us on this place particularly was the position – we’re not over-looked and we’ve got views across the park and the sea – we didn’t actually realise we had sea views until we were about to move in. I think that was the clincher for me.”
The couple moved into one of the many north facing apartments at Form by Match; a boutique 50-apartment complex located just 50metres from Port Coogee Marina and adjacent to parkland.
Designed by reputed Architects, Geoff Warn of Donaldson & Warn, the property was designed to respond to the environment and offer residents an uncompromising lifestyle.
It features a bright, white and timeless interior colour scheme, air conditioning, polished reconstituted stone benchtops and Bosch appliances with breakfast bar.
“I think there are an awful lot of people who live here that have made the same lifestyle change. You can be at the beach and then somebody says, “oh this is so good” and I say, ”yes it is isn’t it”, and then you find out that they’ve done the same thing as you by downsizing and moving here,” Barry continued.
“They often say they’ve bought bikes and like that there are bikeways all the way down to Jervoise Bay, as well as being able to walk into Fremantle. We’ve joined the North Coogee Surf Life Saving Club as social members. It’s got restaurant, bar and music on Sundays, and just up the road in Spearwood there’s the Phoenix Park Shopping Centre and a few other little places we regularly go out to eat. We also go into Fremantle quite a lot.”
“We’ve been told that Coogee Beach was named the second-best beach in Western Australia, and we believe that too because it has so much to go and do; scuba diving, snorkeling and families with their children swimming. No matter what time you go there’s people on the beach, even at eight o’clock at night.”
“(The grandchildren) absolutely love coming down here. They get their ball out and play soccer with their poppy down in the park or they’re down at the beach digging and playing.”
Construction on Form by Match was completed late last year by Match’s in-house construction company, M/Construction, which meant they could achieve a high level of quality control throughout the building process. The project sold over 50% of the apartments prior to completion and is now ‘move in ready’.
“I sat down the with Jennie the other morning and said that I feel so guilty that I haven’t got any gardening to do,” Barry said.
“We sit on the balcony and eat our meals and we just watch the world go by. Neither of us have actually regretted or felt a loss for our last place. We’ve looked forward to moving here and haven’t looked back.”
Form by Match apartments are available in one, two and three-bedroom layouts and are priced from $335,000, $449,000 and $749,000 respectively.
For more information visit www.formbymatch.com.au or call 0432 660 066.
Quest Apartment Hotel – Ascot – May 2019 Construction ProgressRead more
Commencement of Quest Ascot is now underway.
In our latest construction update, 500m3 of “grey gold” cement has been poured within one day. This raft slab pour forms the building envelope and is an extremely solid foundation for the eight-storey serviced apartments that will be built.
Two apartments emerge at ‘sold out’ South TerraceRead more
Just weeks before M/28 Apartments by Match on South Terrace is complete and becomes ‘move in ready’, two luxury apartments have been made available in a complex that ‘sold out’ within months of release.
M/28 is a mixed-use building comprising of just 20 boutique apartments on the popular South Terrace coffee strip. The building is deliberately designed to present as understated with naturally inspired materials and palette, which take inspiration from the Fremantle culture and nearby heritage-listed community hot-spot, The Local.
Mr Lloyd Clark, Managing Director of Match parent company M/Group, said the decision to release the remaining two apartments was not originally planned by the company, but provides new opportunities for those wanting to live in arguably Fremantle’s most cosmopolitan location.
“The apartments attracted overwhelming interest when we released them. It was clear that the opportunity to live in such beautifully designed apartments in the heart of Fremantle’s busy café strip was extremely attractive,” he said.
“No doubt there were many disappointed parties who missed out on securing an apartment in this tightly held location, which makes the current release an even more exciting prospect for many.”
The apartments have been designed in collaboration with respected and award-winning architects David Barr Architects and Cameron Chisholm Nicol Architects.
Every design detail has been considered to deliver an understated and functional design statement that reflects contemporary coastal living with high quality finishes, such as timber, engineered stone benchtops and concrete-porcelain tiles. The apartments also achieve a comparable 4-star Green Star rating; an aspect sighted as extremely important to people living in the area.
M/28’s exterior façade continues the natural theme which incorporate timber screens. This feature is reflected in the lobby with timber ceilings and concrete-look finishes.
The property also includes commercial sites on the ground floor, offering a potential ‘live and work’ option with an extremely visible South Terrace street frontage.
“The release of the last two apartments at M/28 by Match and availability of commercial space on the ground floor opens a lot of doors for those who really want to embed themselves into the Fremantle culture,” Mr Clark continued.
“This new release is without question a highly attractive proposition that is unlikely to last very long.”
The site falls within the development zone approved for a street upgrade and revitalisation by the City of Fremantle. This includes additional trees, landscaping and upgrade to footpaths between South Street and Douro Road.
M/28 by Match is due for completion in June, and is open for viewing now.
For more information visit www.m28apartments.com.au or contact 0432 660 066.
Construction Commences on M/Group’s Second QuestRead more
Construction on a 56 room (112 key) Quest Apartment hotel in Ascot has commenced following the successful completion of a $11.5 million development fund by M/Group and subsequent settlement of the 2,211sq.m development site. It is the second property undertaken by M/Group for the apartment hotel giant, with the first in Joondalup currently nearing completion.
The Quest Apartment Hotel in Ascot is located at 266 Great Eastern Highway, near Perth Airport and enroute to the Perth CBD. Its strategic location is in close proximity to Ascot racecourse, Optus Stadium, Crown Casino, Perth CBD and Perth airport, and is serviced by a road network that will see some 63,000 vehicles pass the site each day.
The property is being constructed by M/Group’s building division, M/Construction, which is currently engaged on a number of multi-residential and commercial projects across Perth, including Quest Joondalup.
M/Group Managing Director, Mr Lloyd Clark, said M/Group’s recent success and track record in fully subscribing property funds suggests a thirst in the market for secure investments.
“It’s difficult to dispute the investment potential and returns of a project that has a long- term lease agreement with a multi-national operation, as well as an independent valuation uplift created through the development delivery process,” he said.
“Quest Ascot is one of several property funds M/Group has successfully subscribed, largely due to a group of investors that now follow our projects based on our capacity to deliver.”
Quest is Australia’s largest apartment hotel operator by number of properties and is the second largest by the number of rooms. The Ascott Limited (wholly owned by Singapore’s CapitaLand) owns 80% of Quest . It has over 43,000 operating serviced residence units in key cities around the world with a further 31,000 units under development. Ascott is the largest serviced residence provider in Australiasia and is targeting to double its global portfolio to 160,000 units over five years.
The Quest Ascot development project was negotiated by M/Group in an off-market arrangement.
“We are delighted by our growing investment portfolio and the success it has had in recent months. Some of our investment offers have out-performed expectation, which both demonstrates a solid model and market interest for income-generating funds,” Mr Clark continued.
“We are currently working on a number of new opportunities to meet investor demand.”
M/Group is an integrated property organisation that has over $185 million of Investor funds under management with a projected asset value of approximately $1 billion. The company recently expanded its portfolio to the eastern states to add to its string of regional shopping centres with one centre recording an independent valuation uplift of $10.5million in under a year.
For more information or an investment prospectus contact firstname.lastname@example.org or (08) 6380 0400.
In the search for a perfect place to build your first home, land size is of course an important factor. However, in isolation, the size of a homesite will not necessarily determine its value in the short or long-term future. Luckily for first home buyers, there are a range of options in the current marketplace that will deliver both land size and investment prospects.
While location and budget are major contributors when it comes to the land purchase decision-making process, few often appreciate the importance of finding an environment that will not merely fulfil the owner’s lifestyle goals, but also increase the value potential of the property for future sae or rental.
Ironically, your dream location might be the best investment you’ll ever make.
By ensuring the home environment appeals to your own personal desires, with features that help it ‘stand out’ in a competitive marketplace, you’re actually giving yourself more flexibility for when life changes might occur in the longer term.
Monument is a boutique land development company that currently has three land options available – each at various stages of development and all with something particularly unique on offer.
Hamelin Park, Secret Harbour
A home by the beach
What Monument does particularly well is introduce land estates in existing communities. When Hamelin Park was introduced in the established suburb of Secret Harbour, the estate was fast-tracked to meet demand for the land.
Today, Hamelin Park is some 80% sold out and literally surrounded by community infrastructure. As stage three comes on the market, savvy buyers will be able to pick up some ‘ready to build’ titled lots from just $179,000 for 331m2 to $200,000 for 531m2 only 3 minutes to the beach.
A home with a spectacular view
Located in the established suburb of Beeliar, Atop takes cues from the environment to create an elevated and interesting landscape for your home, adorned with natural materials, walking paths and majestic Tuart Trees.
Atop offers stunning ocean views and has recently completed its first stage of development, which is already 30% sold out in just 2 months. Monument is currently offering titled lots from 410sq.m to 494sq.m priced from $259,000.
The Wedge, Wellard North
Exclusive release of land
The Wedge is an exclusive pocket of land located in one of Perth’s most well-located and well-serviced areas. Although it is only in its early stages of development with the release of an initial 17lots, the homesites are larger than the market norm, and are located within private estate full of lifestyle features and adjacent to a nature reserve. Construction works are underway and Stage 1 titles will be available mid-2019.
Monument prides itself on its capacity to deliver a well-considered development design that introduce something unique and special into the marketplace. What that means to first home buyers is an enhanced future resale or rental prospect that also ticks any personal lifestyle goal you might have.
Working in close partnership with Western Australia’s leading first home buyer project builders also means you can get access to home packages tailored to your specific needs.
To register your interest for any of the above opportunities, visit www.landbymonument.com.au or call Damyn Strang 0434 070 654.